Argentina - The collapse of the Currency board & Beyond

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Case Code : ECOA112
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 2003
Organization : -
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Argentina, Latin America
Industry : -

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Background Note

Early History

The modern state of Argentina began to evolve around the 1860s, when after decades of civil war, basic institutions and infrastructure were developed. Soon, European immigrants began to enter the country in large numbers. The country continued to prosper in the early part of the 20th century, thanks to the exports of agricultural products especially to Europe...

Economic Policies

Argentina's recovery in the 1990s had been driven by its currency board system of exchange rate management. Indeed, it had become a much talked about model among many developing countries...

The currency board called for strong monetary discipline and linked domestic money supply to dollar reserves. In early 1999, when the Brazilian real crashed and earlier in 1994-95 when the Mexican Peso plummeted, the Argentine Peso held its own at a peg of one peso to the dollar...

The Industry

The industrial sector employed approximately 23.1% of Argentina's workforce in 2000. Industrial development was heavily concentrated in the province of Buenos Aires-as well as in Santa Fe and Cordoba...

Foreign Investments

Attracting foreign direct investment had been a key element of Argentina's economic growth strategy. Foreign investors operated in major economic sectors. They had been attracted to Argentina in the past decade because of its good institutions and strong fundamentals...

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